Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid September 2018

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid September 2018

Celebrating our 15th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

The fall season is well underway. Bulbs are arriving from our various sources and are available for purchase as soon as we fill our advance orders. Advance orders will be notified for pick-up or mailed out as soon as orders are complete. Your best bet while bulbs are still arriving is to place an order online now to lock into the special species and cultivars you really want. Full details are below as well as article on our Broken Tulips and our daffodils. Enjoy!

Not only is fall the time to plant bulbs but it is probably also the best time of the year to renovate, divide and plant new perennials, shrubs and trees. We include again our article below that lays out all the benefits of fall planting.

If your tastes run to the exquisite then also don't forget to get your orders in for our Cypripedium lady's slipper orchids arriving in October. These hybrids are much easier to grow than the species and really are amazing botanical wonders.

The nursery is still filled with colour. Our Fab at Phoenix installment is bursting at the seems as usual. We hope you'll come in to see everything that fall has to offer.

Also, don't forget to enter our contest to win the brand new Gardening Under Lights book from one of my favourite people, Leslie Halleck.

We have some items on sale right now. Blueberries, figs and persimmons would do great with fall planting. And our houseplants, non-hardy succulents, and kangaroo paws would be great for indoors under the lights that you're going to learn about when you win Leslie's book!

See you soon at Phoenix!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. The Beauty and History of Historic Tulips -- We reprint this article from last year in case you missed it highlighting our very special Broken Tulips.
2. From the Alerts: Rare Bulb Highlights - Beautiful, Dependable Daffodils -- Dive in to some of the most exciting groups of bulbs we're offering now for ordering for fall pick-up or shipping.
3. Rare Bulb Pre-Order -- Choose from among 265 different rare bulbs, rhizomes, and corms, most of which are available nowhere else in Canada for September shipping or pick-up!
4. Cypripedium Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchid Pre-Order -- Choose from amongst 40 gorgeous lady's slipper orchids for October shipping or pick-up!
5. Renovate Your Garden: Fall is the Best Time to Plant -- Learn why fall could be considered better than spring for garden renovation and new plantings.
6. Workshops and Seminars 2018 -- 39 different workshops for gardeners of all levels. Join us for fun and information to help you get confident and be successful in your garden or on your patio.
7. Phoenix Perennials Mail Order 2018 -- Summer and Fall at Phoenix Perennials Mail Order includes tons of summer colour plus Rare Bulbs and Cypripedium Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchids!
8. Fab at Phoenix -- Gary's picks of what's new and exciting at the Phoenix candy store.

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track. Also don't miss our Workshop Schedule.
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Event Description
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On Sale!

30% Off

Blueberries
Figs | Kiwis | Persimmons
Houseplants
Kangaroo Paws
Non-Hardy Succulents
(from our Succulent Section)

Sale Ends Sept 30th.

 

Contest!

Win a Copy of the Brand New Book
Gardening Under Lights
The Complete Guide for Indoor Growers
by Leslie F. Halleck

Gardening Under Lights details everything a gardener or hobbyist needs to know to garden indoors. Part One starts with the basics of photosynthesis, the science of light, and how to accurately measure how much light a plant needs. Part Two provides an overview of the most up-to-date tools and gear available. Parts Three and Four offer tips and techniques for growing popular ornamental plants (orchids, succulents, bonsai, and more) and edible plants (arugula, cannabis, oregano, tomatoes, and more) independent of the constraints of volatile outdoor conditions. Gardening Under Lights is a highly-detailed, accessible guide for seed starters, plant collectors, and anyone who wants to successfully garden indoors.

How To Enter: All you have to do is send an email to info at phoenixperennials.com (Yes. You have to put the @ sign in there.) with "Gardening Under Lights Contest" in the subject line. One entry per person. Open to anyone living in Canada. Entries accepted until October 15th, 2018. The winner will be selected randomly. If you win and you live in Greater Vancouver, the book will be available for pick-up. If you live outside Greater Vancouver, Phoenix Perennials will throw in free shipping to anywhere in Canada.

If you can't wait to get your hands on Leslie's book, it is available now from online book sellers including Chapters or you can ask your favourite local bookstore to order it in for you.

To engage with Leslie you can find her at www.lesliehalleck.com, at @lesliehalleck on Twitter and Instagram, and on the Gardening Under Lights Facebook group.

 

Changes to Discounts at Phoenix Perennials

After much consideration we have made the difficult decision to discontinue the 10% garden club discounts at Phoenix Perennials which includes discounts for garden club members and those who hold memberships to botanical gardens such as VanDusen, UBC Botanical Garden, and Dart's Hill. This change will take effect on September 1st, 2018.

The business landscape for retail nurseries is much different now than it was in the 80s and 90s when the concept of garden club discounts took hold. The cost of doing business - especially staff wages, property leases and taxes, shipping costs, and the cost of supplies - have all increased greatly over this time period while the traditional customer base has also changed dramatically. Additionally, at Phoenix we dedicate considerable resources to searching the world for new plants for you and this also has its additional costs.

Many other nurseries have closed down owing to these various cost and market pressures and others have already discontinued garden club discounts to help remain viable. At Phoenix Perennials we held on to these discounts for a long time but we want to be here for you for the long term so after careful consideration we have come to this decision. We hope you understand.

We will continue with our Frequent Flyer Program which gets you a free plant for every 10 purchased. Full details in store. Please ask for a card after September 1st. Until then you can still shop and receive the discount.

 

Botanical Tour
Wildflowers of
Southwestern Australia
September 2019
With your guide Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis
An alumni UBC tour open to everyone!

Half the trip is now sold! Only 8 spots left!

View Recorded Webinar
On March 15, 2018 I gave a 35 minute webinar on the tour and the flora of Western Australia. You can view the recording here:

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View the Itinerary and Tour Details
Wildflowers of Southwestern Australia Tour Info


 

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Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program

Our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program is for interested gardeners who want to set up a regular schedule with us to come to the nursery and help us with plant care, propagation, weeding, watering and other nursery tasks. You can do any number of hours you like on any day. We just ask that you make it a regular schedule. In addition to our gratitude we will also give you plants!

Contact Patricia by phone (604-270-4133) or email (info at phoenixperennials.com) for more information and to start volunteering!

 


1.

The Beauty and History of Historic Tulips

Tulips were introduced to Europe in the mid to late 1500s. The bold shapes and colours of tulips were unlike any other flowers available in Europe at the time. They quickly caught the attention of botanists, horticulturalists, and, often wealthy, appreciators of plants and beautiful things.

The forms first introduced to Europe would have been botanical species from Turkey and Eurasia that arrived in and around the late 16th century. They soon became de rigeur and a sign of status in households both rich and poor. Botanists and horticulturalists began to hybridize them creating more and more exciting forms. By late 1636 and early 1637 'Tulipmania' was at its peak in Holland. The bulbs were so popular that the most desirable varieties could cost more than a house in Amsterdam at the time!


Tulipa 'Columbine' was introduced in 1929.

The tulip craze lead to a huge speculative market in tulips, one in which ordinary men clammered to participate because of the vast amounts of money being made. They sold their businesses, family houses, farm animals, home furnishings and dowries in order to buy bulbs that they had never seen.

Eventually, supply increased and the price of tulips plummeted. The "Tulip Crash" sent many people into bankruptcy. Others lost all of their savings. All because of the tulip. The Dutch government then introduced special trading restrictions in order to avoid further fits of uncontrollable plant lust on the part of its population.


Tulipa 'Insulinde' was introduced some time before 1915.

The chief stars/culprits of Tulipmania and the focus of so much speculation and desire were the Broken Tulips. These rare forms possesed unique feathers, flares, striping and spots with every flower being different. It was not discovered until the 1920s that these exquisite patterns were due to the presence of tulip breaking virus - a virus that is present today in all regions where tulips are grown - which caused the pigmentation on an otherwise solid-coloured tulip to break into the patterns so desired by collectors. In most cases this virus also caused a bulb to lose vigour over time and to eventually fizzle out.

However, in some historic varieties such as 'Absalon', introduced in 1780, the virus seems to cause the colour breaking but is otherwise benign not causing any other ill effects on the bulb. The other two varieties of Broken Tulips in our offerings --'Insulinde', 'Columbine' -- were introduced in the early 20th century and also show great vigour.


Tulipa 'Absalon' was introduced in 1780.

Information on Broken Tulips and how to grow them is exceedingly hard to find and accounts are confusing as to if these tulips pose a risk to other tulips or to lilies which can also be affected. Our bulbs are grown at the Hortus Bulborum in the Netherlands where more than 4000 different heirloom tulip and other bulbs are grown. If the tulip breaking virus in these varieties was dangerous one would think that they would not be grown in such close proximity with so many other rare cultivars within such a historic and important collection. Also, the growing of virused tulips is illegal in the Netherlands also suggesting that these varieties do not pose a risk.

The virus, should there be any risk, can only be transferred by sap to sap contact between bulbs either through tools or aphids. As long as you're careful with maintaining clean tools and you make sure your Broken Tulips don't get aphids there should be no problems. You'll have beautiful, unique and intriguing tulips in your garden for years to come.

Older tulip varieties tend to have more staying power than recent Dutch hybrids which only seem to remain strong for a few years before needing to be replaced. You should be able to maintain these Historic Tulips for many years to come in your garden but here are some important tips:

1. Grow them in full sun in well-drained soil in the garden or in containers.
2. Give them their space so they are not overrun by perennials or shaded by shrubs.
3. Remove spent flowers after flowering to avoid energy being put into seed production.
4. Fertilize after flowering with bulb food or slow release fertilizer sprinkled on the surface of the soil.
5. Allow the foliage to remain as long as the leaves are green to achieve maximum time for photosynthesis and for restoring the energy in the bulb. Only once the leaves have turned yellow should they be removed.
6. Allow bulbs to rest in the soil over summer undisturbed and with not too much soil moisture. A hot, baking period is fine and often desired by tulips. They will be biding their time underground until they emerge in spring to amaze and delight you once again.

This year at Phoenix we are pleased to offer three varieties of Historic Broken Tulips introduced from 1780 to 1929. These have rarely, if ever, been offered in Canada before. They can be ordered now for pick-up or shipping in late Sept/early Oct. We hope you'll be inspired to try some in your garden. Here are this year's bulbs:

Tulipa 'Absalon' - Tulipa 'Absalon' is a true broken tulip introduced in 1780 during the Dutch Golden Age and Tulipmania and preserved at the Hortus Bulborum. Richly coloured with feathers, flames or marbles of burgundy-brown, chocolate, and yellow, their patterning will be recognizable to those familiar with still life painting. It is part of the historical group Bizarre. Large hybrid tulips can be maintained in the garden if given a sunny location with rich soil. Tulipa 'Columbine' - Tulipa 'Columbine' is a true broken tulip introduced in 1929 and preserved at the Hortus Bulborum. Richly coloured with feathers, flames or marbles of purple on lavender with white, their patterning will be recognizable to those familiar with still life painting. Large hybrid tulips can be maintained in the garden if given a sunny location with rich soil.
Tulipa 'Insulinde' - Tulipa 'Insulinde' is a true broken tulip from before 1915 preserved at the Hortus Bulborum. It opens with smooth, pale yellow flowers feathered with rose and transforms into a big ruffled flower richly coloured with feathers, flames or marbles of purple-burgundy on white. It is part of the historical group Bijbloemens. Large hybrid tulips can be maintained in the garden if given a sunny location with rich soil.

These Historic Broken Tulips are available for pre-ordering for pick-up or shipping in late Sept/early October.

View our Full Range of Tulips including the Broken Tulips

 


2.

From the Alerts

Check out some of the recent subject-based Alerts we've sent out. Are you getting them? Some we include here in the E-Newsletter and others only Alert subscribers receive.

NEW! We've created three new Alerts for bulb lovers, small space gardeners, and rare plant enthusiasts.

The Bulb Alert - Are you a lover of geophytes? Through each season and especially each fall we offer a crazy cool selection of rare and unusual bulbs. Be the first to know about everything related to bulbs, rhizomes, and corms by subscribing to this Alert.

The Small Space Alert - Do you garden on a balcony, patio or postage stamp backyard? Subscribe to this occasional Alert to learn about plants, pots, and other paraphernalia that would be perfect to maximize your small space.

The Rare Plant Alert - Are you a sophisticated gardener? Always looking for the rare and unusual? You'll be the first (and perhaps only) one to know about rare plants (often available only in small quantities) so you can get them first!

To subscribe as a new subscriber or to add Alerts to your existing profile, click on Update Profile at the bottom of this email.

 

 


3.

Pre-Order
Rare Spring Bulbs
Choose from 265 Different Rare Bulbs to Make Your Garden Extraordinary

Bulbs represent an extraordinary opportunity to layer in extra colour, dynamism, and drama into your perennial borders and containers. They come in a diverse range of colours, shapes, and sizes and there is a bulb for nearly every garden situation. Bulbs are also very easy to care for. Just dig a hole and drop them in. You're done! Now prepare for years of beauty and colour.

We are very excited to offer 265 different rare and unusual bulbs, rhizomes and corms this fall up from 200 last year! There are many new treasures to be discovered!

Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to see our full selection. Both mail order and local customers should place their orders through our mail order system. Local customers should select the pick-up option when checking out. Quantities are limited. Please order early to secure your favourites as many bulbs sold out in advance last year.

Our selection of rare bulbs will ship or be ready for pick-up in mid to late September, depending on when they arrive from Europe.

Local Customers: Choose "pick up" when you check out. We will send you an email when it's time to come in. Please place separate orders for bulbs and Cypripedium as this makes administering your orders easier. Please don't place orders for plants. They should all be ready now. You can always call or email first to enquire before you come in.

Mail Order Customers: Please do not place orders mixing plants, bulbs or Cypripedium, unless you're placing an order for mixed plants and bulbs after Sept 15 or mixed plants, bulbs, and/or Cypripedium after October 1st. Otherwise, each of these categories will ship separately to arrive to you as fresh as possible for immediate planting and best establishment before winter. In summer and fall, plants are already grown and can't be held for more than a short period. They must ship when orders are placed. Bulbs ship in mid to late September. Cypripedium ship in mid October. If you place an order mixing these categories, we will need to arrange multiple shipments and recalculate your shipping costs.

A Note on Shipping Costs: Unlike other mail order nurseries that ship fairly uniform products such as just bulbs or just bulbs and bareroot bagged perennials, we ship a very large range of products in a very large range of sizes. This makes it difficult to tweak our shopping cart system to give proper shipping cost estimates for all types of orders. We have left our system configured to estimate shipments containing plants which is the most costly type of item to ship and the most important for us to get right. However, this means that our system will sometimes over estimate the cost of shipping bulbs and Cypripedium. We will be re-evaluating all shipping costs for bulbs after shipping and adjust your shipping costs downwards should there be a discrepancy. Our goal is only to cover our costs in shipping, not to make money. Thanks for your understanding.

Ordering: Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to start shopping! The minimum order value to place a pre-order for mail order or pick-up is $40. Have fun!

 


4.

Pre-Order
Cypripedium Lady's Slipper Orchids
40 Different Hardy Orchids for Canadian Gardens

We are excited to offer a diverse selection of hardy lady's slipper orchids for Canadian gardens. The majority of our offerings are Cypripedium hybrids which possess hybrid vigour -- they have inherited the best traits of both parents -- and are much easier to grow than species orchids, have beautiful flowers in amazing colours, and clump up very quickly into amazing displays in the part shade garden. In fact, in optimum conditions they should double in size every year! They come into bloom from late April through June offering an exquisite show in the garden.

This year we have added a selection of some of the best and most interesting Cypripedium species. Once you've gotten some practice growing the hybrids these plants are a wonderful way to continue your love affair with lady's slipper orchids. Keep in mind though that species orchids are more exacting in their requirements and that you should do research on how to care for them.

Most of our hybrid Cypripedium are "officially" hardy to zone 4 while some are hardy to zone 3 and even zone 2! Even the zone 4 plants may be hardy in protected spots in zone 3 with mulch and good snow cover as we are still learning about the hardiness of the different hybrids. Indeed, we have customers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who are growing these Cypripedium outdoors with great success.

We are currently offering 40 different lady's slipper orchids for shipping to our mail order customers and for pick-up at Phoenix by our local customers in mid October 2017. All are top quality, blooming size, many with multiple eyes, and should flower in the spring. Here they are:

Ordering: Visit the Cypripedium Pre-Order to peruse and make your selections. All of our Cypripedium are top quality, blooming-size plants often with multiple eyes sourced from the best growers in Europe and provided to you bare root. October is the best time to buy and plant Cypripedium directly into the ground and the only time we will ship them. The largest rhizomes are selected to fill fall mail orders and pick-up orders. The remaining unsold rhizomes are potted up for spring sales on site at Phoenix.

Local Customers: Choose "pick up" when you check out. We will send you an email when it's time to come in. Please place separate orders for bulbs and Cypripedium as this makes administering your orders easier. Please don't place orders for plants. They should all be ready now. You can always call or email first to enquire before you come in. 
Mail Order Customers: Please do not place orders mixing plants, bulbs or Cypripedium, unless you're placing an order for mixed plants and bulbs after Sept 15 or mixed plants, bulbs, and/or Cypripedium after October 1st. Otherwise, each of these categories will ship separately to arrive to you as fresh as possible for immediate planting and best establishment before winter. In summer and fall, plants are already grown and can't be held for more than a short period. They must ship when orders are placed. Bulbs ship in mid to late September. Cypripedium ship in mid October. If you place an order mixing these categories, we will need to arrange multiple shipments and recalculate your shipping costs.

 


5.

RENOVATE YOUR GARDEN
Fall is the Best Time to Plant

Now that summer is winding down and you have spent most of the season with your garden you are now keenly aware of your triumphs and of the things that didn't go so well. Perhaps a handful of plants didn't perform and need to be moved to a different location. Or maybe a whole section of your garden just isn't working and hasn't been for years.

There is a time for caution and there is a time for action. Fall is a time for action. With temperatures cooling and the rains starting, fall is a great time to plant perennials, shrubs and trees. And since you can clearly see what is and isn't working right now in your garden-- as opposed to trying to remember next spring what you meant to change -- fall is the perfect time for a garden renovation while ideas are still fresh in your mind.

As it turns out, fall is not only one of the best times to move existing perennials it is also one of the best times of year to plant new plants in the garden, perhaps even better than spring. Here's why you should do some fall planting and renovating:

Big Plants: Plants purchased from our nursery in the fall have, for the most part, been growing for an entire season so they are big and full and ready to rumble! These same plants were just little babies in the spring. These big fall plants will establish very quickly in the garden owing to their size and to the favourable fall conditions.

Soil Temperatures: In spring the soil warms up much more slowly than the air. Cold spring soils can shock plants and set them back by weeks. In the fall the soil temperatures are warm and inviting for new plantings and their eager roots. Warm soil promotes fast, strong root growth allowing perennials to establish before winter.

Air Temperatures: The warm daytimes and cooler nighttimes offer moderate temperatures that do not stress plants allowing them to quickly overcome transplant shock and establish.

Precipitation: The gradual increase in precipitation through September and October into November results in soils with good available moisture for root establishment.

Length of Time for Establishment: Planting in September and October still gives plants a long time to get settled before the first hard frosts come, usually in December.

Insects and Garden Pests: Humans aren't the only ones thinking about hibernating at this time of year. Insects and other garden pests such as slugs are becoming less active and will soon die or go dormant for the season. Fall plantings reduce the risk of insect attack and plant damage.

Getting a Jump Start: Most people become a bit overwhelmed in the spring with all the planting and garden chores. By planting in the fall you can shorten your spring "to do" list.

Better Displays in the First Full Season: Because perennials, shrubs and trees establish so well in the fall, your plantings and their subsequent foliage and floral displays will be almost a FULL YEAR ahead of any plantings you make next spring just by planting 6 months earlier. You'll have bigger, fuller more smashing gardens sooner.

Here are some suggestions for going about your garden renovation this fall:

1. Take a walk around your garden and look for an area or areas that most bug you. Make sure the area you choose is a manageable size so you can complete your renovation in a weekend or two.

2. Ask yourself what is and isn't working in that area -- life is too short for plants that you don't love and for garden areas that are not beautiful. Dig out the plants that aren't working. If they are worth keeping, save them to plant in another area of the garden or give them to friends. With perennials, make sure to trim off a third to a half of the foliage to help minimize transplant shock. For shrubs whose shape you will not damage by trimming off some of the growth, dig up, trim and move. For shrubs and trees with architectural forms, wait until they are fully dormant or until November to move them and remove only minimal foliage.

3. Now look at the plants that are working in this area. Are they in the right place? Perhaps a plant looks great in this area but is so happy that it's growing taller than what you expected. If you need to shift some plants in the bed dig them out with as big of a root ball as possible and place them in a better location.

4. Now you're going to need some new plants. Look at your existing bed and decide what's missing in terms of height, foliage colour, flower colour, and bloom time. Make a list of your needs and come visit us at Phoenix. If you bring a picture of your garden bed renovation we could help you with some advice for the perfect plants to get this area of your garden spruced up and gorgeous for the upcoming year.

Have fun with your fall garden renovation and new plantings!

 


6.

Workshops and Seminars 2018

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2018 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered! We are proud to provide one of the largest workshop programs in our region with 39 different workshops and seminars including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners plus lots of exciting hands on projects. Join us to fill in your knowledge and create beautiful things.

SPECIAL 10% OFF EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
UNTIL FRIDAY APRIL 6th, 2018!
Use the Promo Code: LEARN2018.
Available for online registrations only.

Online Registration: We use online registration so you can book workshops 24 hours a day seven days a week. Registration is through two of the most trusted names on the internet: Constant Contact and Paypal. Both use secure servers so you can feel safe paying online. You do not need a PayPal account to pay. They will simply process your Visa or MC on our behalf. If you wish to register by other methods please call the nursery at 604-270-4133 or visit us in person.
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Our workshops are grouped thematically into series to keep them organized and help you make your selections.

GARDENING 101 SERIES - Our FREE series is designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners with a wide range of topics to develop your gardening knowledge and build your confidence in the garden.
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES - This series focuses on all the amazing things you can grow in and eat from your garden.
CONTAINER SERIES
- We've got the hottest container ideas for you with workshops that will help you achieve cool installations to grace your patio and garden.

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Instructor Biographies
Booking Workshops

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

 

Fall and Winter Workshops

September

CONTAINER SERIES | Terrariums to Bring the Outdoors In | Kate | NEW DATE Sun Sept 23, 1-3pm | $20 | It's time to bring back terrariums! These miniature gardens inside glass vessels are perfect decorations for inside the house year round. We'll have a variety of succulents, ferns, air plants, venus fly traps, and sundews for you to combine with coloured mosses, stones, and glass pebbles. The rest is up to you! Kate will instruct you on the ins and outs of designing and caring for the miniature gardens inside your terrariums. Then you'll get to do up your own! This workshop includes your soil, stones, and decorative glass but does not include the container or the plants you choose. We'll have lots of containers and plants on hand to choose from.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Fall Colour | Jo | Sun Sept 23, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Do you have a colourful fall garden? Or does it just turn to grey and yellow mush once the rains start? There are numerous perennials, shrubs and small trees that provide great fall foliage and flower colour. Include just a few of these plants in strategic locations in the garden and you could have a fall garden to remember and look forward to!
   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Discover the World of Bulbs | Jo | Sun Sept 30, 11am-12pm | FREE* | By fall you might be ready for a rest from the garden but do yourself one little favour before winter comes: plant some bulbs. You’ll be glad you did come spring. In this workshop you’ll meet a diverse range of spring-blooming bulbs for the garden and containers including many uncommon but exciting possibilities. You will also receive instruction on designing with bulbs and planting them in layers for knock out displays in containers or small spaces.

   

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Kate | Sun Sept 30, 10am-12pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers that will provide months of winter interest and an antidote against the dark, cold days of the year. You'll get to plant up and take home your own fabulous container.

Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. We will have a range of options available if you don't have your own pot. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

 

December

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Advanced Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Fri Nov 30, 1-3pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | This class for advanced wreath-makers or ambitious beginners takes what we normally do in the our original wreath making workshop and builds on it with more creativity including nesting a potted hellebore within your wreath that looks like an adorable bird's nest with white birds (hellebore flowers) peaking out.

Registration includes all materials such as wreath frame and greenery plus a hellebore. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 1, 10am-12pm | $60 | Decorate your home for the holiday season with your very own Christmas Rose wreath! Kate will teach you how to design and build a festive, florist-quality wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then teach you to incorporate Christmas roses into your wreath keeping it colourful & dynamic!

Our popular wreath-making workshop is a great chance to spend quality time with friends and family while accomplishing a great project to lift your spirits through the short days of winter.

Registration includes all materials such as wreath frame and greenery. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Succulent Christmas Centerpieces | Kate | Sat Dec 1, 1-3pm | $60 (Includes everything.) | In this workshop we'll bring together succulents and seasonal greenery to create a modern take on the Christmas centrepiece. You can choose to make a centrepiece for an outdoor table with hardy succulents or one for indoors with non-hardy succulents.

Registration includes all materials and greenery plus succulents. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Picture Frame Wreaths | Kate | Sun Dec 2, 10am-12pm | $60 (Includes everything.) | Christmas time is about memories. Picture frames are about holding and celebrating memories. We'll combine this idea of the picture frame with the techniques of wreath making to make a beautiful and unique Christmas decoration for your garden or home for the holiday season. Last year's participants made some really impressive creations!

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Containers to Die For | Kate | Sun Dec 2, 1-3pm | $20 | Impress your Christmas guests as soon as they arrive at your front door or enliven your patio with a fantastic outdoor winter container centred with a glistening Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other great perennials and shrubs that offer winter interest. Kate will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens.

 

 


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Summer and Fall 2018

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8.

Fabulous at Phoenix
Gary's Picks of New, Notable and Luscious Plants Available Right Now at the Phoenix Candy Store

Everything seems to be blooming right now. There are are hundreds of items I could highlight here. You'll just have to come in to see them all!

Asclepias curassavica - Milkweed - Asclepias curassavica is a tender perennial milkweed grown in Canada as a stunning annual to 2-3 feet tall with blooms in scarlet red and orange from June to October followed by pods opening to reveal silky fibres. Its bloom period is much longer and its fiery colours unique amongst the whites and pinks of the other species. Hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies (including Monarchs) are attracted to the flowers. Anemone japonica Fantasy 'Red Riding Hood' - Japanese Anemone - Anemone japonica 'Red Riding Hood' is a vigorous, clumping selection with thickly-petaled flowers in deep, rosy, magenta-pink. The flowers are held on strong, upright stems to 18 inches tall above compact foliage and bloom longer than most anemones from late July until October, then form attractive seed heads like small cotton balls adding interest until a hard frost. The Fantasy series also includes 'Pocahontas' and 'Cinderella.'
Lobelia tupa - Devil's Tobacco - This gorgeous and architectural Chilean native lobelia rises to heights of six feet with creamy greyish green foliage and luscious lipstick red tubular flowers that last for ages and ages. Lobelia tupa is a plant I wouldn’t be without in my own garden. Francoa sonchifolia 'Pink Bouquet' - Chilean Bridal Wreath - Francoa sonchifolia is a little-known species from Chile forming mounds of somewhat coarse, fuzzy, dark green, evergreen leaves which give rise to beautiful wands of orchid-like, pink and white flowers with a deep magenta blotch in summer and fall on stems up to about two feet tall that will sway in the breeze. 'Pink Bouquet' has blush pink and white flowers with a dark pink marking on each petal. Loves cool summer climates and even moisture in sun to part shade.
Gardenia jasminoides 'Frostproof' - Hardy Gardenia - The rose-like double flowers of Gardenia 'Frostproof' have an intense and intoxicating fragrance and appear most profusely in early summer and sporadically thereafter. Resilient in cool springs or cool spring/summer climates and will still produce copious flowers. Full sun to light shade. Blooms best where walls or patios provide extra night time warmth in spring and summer. Plant in a protected location just to be safe. Evergreen. Lobelia siphilitica - Great Blue Lobelia- Lobelia siphilitica was once used to treat syphilis now it is used to grace gardens. The beautiful blue spikes of great blue lobelia do remarkably well without staking in sun to part shade. The blue is stunning against its pale green leaves and is useful to create a delphinium-like effect in shadier parts of the garden. Enjoys a moist soil but will do well in average sites as well. Native to much of eastern North America.
Vernonia lettermannii 'Iron Butterfly' - Ironweed - 'Iron Butterfly' is a fantastic perennial with a great name and feathery foliage to three feet topped with clusters of warm purple flowers that are attractive to butterflies. A compact, well-branched and vigorous plant. Blooms in late summer. Found in rocky flood plains,Vernonia lettermannii is very tolerant of hot dry locations, yet can withstand brief periods of inundation. Vernonia crinita 'Mammuth' - Ironweed - Ironweed 'Mammuth' is a fantastic prairie plant with lance-shaped leaves on stems to six feet tall topped with clusters of warm purple flowers that are attractive to butterflies. A stately plant for the back of the border. Blooms in late summer. Found in rocky flood plains, Vernonia crinita is very tolerant of hot dry locations, yet can withstand brief periods of inundation.
Vernonia gigantea - Ironweed- Vernonia gigantea or giant ironweed makes an impressive specimen for the back of the border reaching as high as 8-10 feet tall with lance-shaped leaves and clusters of fluffy, warm purple flowers followed by rusty colored seeds. The flowers are irresistible to butterflies and bees. It is an eastern North American native. Rudbeckia triloba 'Prairie Glow' - Sweet Coneflower - Rudbeckia 'Prairie Glow' is an unusual black-eyed Susan relative with dark red to burnt orange petals with yellow tips and is stunning in a mass planting. Flower stems are burgundy and tall. Rudbeckia perform exceptionally well in dry summer garden conditions, blooming for an exceptionally long time during the late summer doldrums and remaining tidy looking with little care. Great cut flower.
Sedum SunSparkler 'Plum Dazzled' - Stonecrop - Sedum Sunsparkler 'Plum Dazzled' has small, succulent, dark purple foliage forming mounds up to eight inches high and 18 inches wide followed by large heads of cherry pink flowers from summer into autumn. The Sunsparkler Series are great for a dramatic touch of foliage and flower at the front of the border, as a groundcover, or trailing from pots and are popular with bees. Begonia grandis 'Heron's Pirouette' - Hardy Begonia - This beautiful hardy begonia has light green, nicely textured foliage with green reverses. In late summer through the fall it is topped with masses of bright candy pink flowers which last almost until frost. 'Heron's Pirouette' is a Dan Hinkley collection from Heronswood with larger flower clusters than the species on tall plants. A great plant in combination with ferns and hostas and for colour in the fall shade garden.
Haworthia limifolia - Fairy Washboard - Haworthia limifolia is an attractive textural succulent forming grey-green rosettes about four inches across of triangular, lance-shaped leaves that are broad at the base and extend into a sharp point. The leaves have raised cross ridges in lighter green that look like a washboard. White flowers. Haworthia are easy to grow and cold tolerant. Haworthia venosa subsp. tessalata - Fairy Washboard - Haworthia venosa subsp. tessalata is a beautiful succulent with long, triangular leaves coming to sharp points whose surface is grey-green with a distinctive, white, squared netting. In full sun or with drought stress plants can become an attractive brown with white netting. Haworthia are easy to grow and quite cold tolerant.

Pycnanthemum muticum - Short-toothed Mountain Mint - Weird name. Cool plant. This uncommon, non-spreading mint has broad lustrous aromatic leaves with silvery flower bracts and very showy pinkish flowers on plants with a nice compact habit. This native is happiest at the wood's edge, so it is excellent for a naturalized border or woodland garden. Mountain Mint is one of the best nectar sources for native butterflies and bees. The leaves are loaded with pulegone, the same insect repellent found in pennyroyal. Rub it on the skin to repel mosquitoes!

Kalimeris incisa 'Blue Star' - Blue Japanese Aster - Kalimeris incisa 'Blue Star' is a tough daisy relative taking heat, humidity and drought in stride. It produces tons of one inch wide, pale blue, daisy-like flowers with yellow centres over a compact mound of foliage all summer long.
Silphium compositum 'Native Star' - Kidney Leaf Rosinweed - Silphium compositum 'Native Star' is a really cool plant. A native of the southeastern US it forms mounds of large, dramatic, lobed foliage (not kidney-shaped at all!) with red midveins. In summer the plants put forth 6-8 foot candelabras of small, yellow daisies popular with butterflies. Grow in sunny, dry spots. Tap rooted so do not move after plants are established. Hydrangea paniculata 'Le Vasterival' Great Star - Panicle Hydrangea - Canna Cannova 'Bronze Scarlet' has luscious black foliage on stems to about four feet tall topped with bright red flowers in summer. The Cannova Series are vigorous, early-blooming, seed-grown, F1 hybrids. Since the all too common Canna virus cannot be transferred through seeds, these plants are virus-free. They are also bred to require less heat and grow well in cool summer and northern climates. Hardy in coastal BC if protected from winter wet or grow in a pot and keep above freezing elsewhere. Provide rich soils, good fertilizer, and lots of water in full sun.
Olea europaea 'Leccino' - Olive - Olea 'Leccino' together with 'Frantoio' are the principal raw material for Italian olive oils from Tuscany. But due to 'Leccino's highly valued sweet flavour it has become increasingly popular to grow in other countries. It is one of the best cultivars adapted to cold growing conditions and is likely the hardiest of all olives. 'Leccino' requires a pollinator of another different olive. Grow in hot, sunny, sheltered positions. Olea europaea 'Arbequina' - Olive - Olea 'Arbequina' is one of the most popular Spanish olive varieties used for gourmet quality oil and olives. It forms attractive, small trees that are naturally compact. The flowers are self-fertile and the fruit is early-ripening and borne even on young plants. At the nursery it is the most reliable fruiting variety. It makes a good pollinator for 'Leccino'.

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' - Japanese Fatsia - Fatsia 'Spider's Web' is a beautiful Aralia relative that grows as a shrub or small tree with variably variegated leaves which change during the seasons. The variegation appears as speckles and pixilations and is strongest on young foliage but also becomes better developed on that young foliage as the plant gets older. Mature specimens are bold and intriguing. The flowers are white, are held in spheres, and appear in late fall as a late season honeybee bonanza. Tolerant of dry shade and dark corners.

Eupatorium fortunei 'Pink Frost' - Joy-Pye Weed - Eupatorium 'Pink Frost' has beautiful serrated foliage with creamy edges on stems to four feet and topped with clusters of lavender-pink flowers in fall. The variegated foliage makes this late season bloomer a three season star for the garden through spring, summer and fall. Attracts butterflies.

Helenium Mariachi 'Salsa' - Sneezeweed - Helenium Mariachi 'Salsa' produces spicy, red petals with orange highlights around dark centres. This selection has a short and compact habit and is great at the front of the border. Helenium are naturally resistant, even toxic, to deer and rabbits. Hibiscus 'Airbrush Effect' - Perennial Hibiscus - Hibiscus 'Airbrush Effect' produces huge flowers over eight inches across in vibrant pink with salmon tones and a shimmer of white around the central red eye. Blooms from midsummer into fall and makes an amazing display. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season. Late to emerge in spring so mark its location in the garden.
Hibiscus 'Mocha Moon' - Perennial Hibiscus - Hibiscus 'Mocha Moon' has large flowers up to eight inches across in pure white with a bold, red central eye atop burgundy foliage. Flowers are produced from ground level to the top of the stems rather than just at the top. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season. Late to emerge in spring so mark its location in the garden.

Hibiscus 'Cherry Choc Latte' - Perennial Hibiscus - Hibiscus 'Cherry Choco Latte' has very large 8-9 inch wide flowers with a large, deep red central eye radiating outwards with red veins that turn to pink across petals in shades of white and pale pink. Compact habit to four feet tall and wide with olive green leaves infused with burgundy. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season. Late to emerge in spring so mark its location in the garden.

Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' - Peruvian Lily - Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' has flowers in sunset shades of coppery-orange and golden-yellow streaked and freckled with dark burgundy atop luscious burgundy-bronze, linear foliage. A vigorous, tropical-looking plant with flowers that are long lasting when cut and the capacity to produce loads of flowers over a long period from early summer well into fall. It forms a bushy, upright clump. Prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils.

Alstroemeria Inca Lucky - Peruvian Lily - Alstroemeria Inca Lucky has perfect magenta buds that open to clear white flowers with salmon pink throats and green tips. It forms a bushy, upright clump of linear, emerald green tropical looking leaves. The Inca Collection has remarkable vigour and capacity to produce loads of flowers over a long period from early summer well into fall. Flowers are long lasting in vases. Pull the stems instead of cutting them to encourage a quicker reflush.

We have LOTS of other Alstroemeria available now in a variety of colours.

Monarda Sugar Buzz 'Blue Moon' - Beebalm - Monarda Sugar Buzz 'Blue Moon' displays lavender blue flowers held by attractive purple bracts. The Sugar Buzz series offers short, compact plants for the front of the border that are smothered in long-lasting flowers. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and can be used to make an herbal tea.

We have LOTS of other Monarda available now in a variety of colours.

Tanacetum densum ssp. amani - Partridge Feather - Tanacetum densum var. amani forms evergreen, textured mats of soft, feathery, silver foliage for hot, dry areas with thin, rocky soils. Clusters of yellow button flowers are produced in summer. Beautiful at the edge of a container. May benefit from overhead winter cover in rainy coastal BC. Great in rock gardens.
Salvia reptans Autumn Sapphire 'P017S' - Sage - Salvia reptans 'Autumn Sapphire' is a semi-dwarf form of the West Texas grass sage growing to just 2 feet tall. This late season bloomer provides late summer and fall flowers in a rich, glowing, cobalt blue with highlights of lighter blue and white that is a magnet for hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. The long stems are clothed in long, green, linear leaves. Grow in hot, sunny spots in well-drained, somewhat infertile soils. Salvia 'Little Kiss' - Sage - Salvia microphylla 'Little Kiss' is a compact and floriferous form of 'Hot Lips', one of Phoenix Perennials' all time best sellers. You can expect the same bicoloured white and red flowers of 'Hot Lips' but on plants just 18 inches tall and wide forming a mound with flowers from the ground up rather than an upright plant with flowers at the top of the stems. A top hummingbird magnet. Grow in full sun in moderately rich to lean soils but with excellent winter drainage.
Buddleia 'Dartmoor' - Butterfly Bush - This fantastic butterfly bush has giant clusters of warm purple flowers that dwarf all other cultivars. The plant that was to become Buddleia ‘Dartmoor’ was found in Devon in 1971 by Mr. Hayles, a retired gardener. Walking with his wife he spied an unusual buddleja flowering on the edge of a ravine. With his trustworthy wife clinging onto him, Hayles valiantly reached down to collect a few branches. ‘Dartmoor’ was released to the gardening public just a few years later. Buddleia lindleyana - Lindley's Butterfly Bush- Buddleia lindleyana grows to about 10 feet with arching stems and smooth foliage. The flower spikes are somewhat smaller with individual flowers more loosely held than the B. davidii cultivars. Each inflorescence curves beguilingly upwards at the tips. The petals are lavender in colour with darker purple tips. Lovely!
Buddleia 'Miss Molly' - Butterfly Bush - Buddleia 'Miss Molly' is the reddest of all butterfly bushes with glowing magenta flowers all summer long without deadheading. Their sweet fragrance will attract humans, butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. Plants are medium sized growing up to five feet tall and wide and are sterile producing no seed. Grow in a large pot or in the mid or back of the border. Great for smaller gardens. Some drought tolerance. Sauromatum venosum - Voodoo Lily - Sauromatum venosum is a weird, otherworldly looking aroid. In spring the 3' tall, very narrow 1" wide flower stalk begins to unfurl, its inside patterned violet and yellow. A mottled green and black stem and leaves much like its arisaema relatives' follow. Also may be known as Sauromatum guttatum, Arum cornutum, Typhonium venosum. Choose a spot that will stay dry over winter. At the nursery we don't begin to water until after growth emerges.
Salvia darcyi Vermillion Bluffs 'Pscarl' - Red Mountain Sage - Spigelia marilandica is one of the most striking and beautiful of the eastern North American native perennials. Indian Pink's summer flowers are brilliant red and tubular with canary yellow throats. A favourite of butterflies and hummingbirds, it is at home in the bright woodland or sunny border. We offer smallish starter plants - indian pink are slow to get going but are impressive with time. Echinacea 'Hot Papaya' - Coneflower - 'Hot Papaya' has sizzling, red-orange, double cones with falling tails heat up the sun border in summer. Contrasting dark burgundy, sturdy stems. Upright, with lance-shaped leaves. From the Cone-fections Series which offers reliably hardy, very floriferous, stocky plants with strong sturdy stems. Wonderful planted en masse and superb as a cut flower. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.
Echinacea 'Green Twister' - Coneflower - 'Green Twister' is a strong and vigorous seed strain developed from the classic Echinacea 'Magnus', widely accepted as the best of all purple coneflowers. 'Green Twister' shares these strong genes but produces intriguing lime green petals that turn magenta near the dark red centre cone. It blooms abundantly from July through September on sturdy stems to 40 inches tall. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot sunny spots with thin poor soils to best survive the winter. Echinacea 'Supreme Cantaloupe' - Coneflower - There is no other coneflower like this one. 'Supreme Cantaloupe' is just that: the colour of ripe cantaloupe! Imagine colour combinations with pink, magenta and blue. Fragrant. Part of the new Supreme Series of mid-size double-flowered coneflowers. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.
Lagerstroemia Barista Collection 'Frappe Pink' - Crape Myrtle - 'Frappe Pink' is a dense, small shrub with dark green foliage and clusters of true pink flowers. Lagerstroemia are classic shrubs and trees of the US southeast. The Barista Collection of crape myrtles are hardy cultivars to zone 6. Where they have been tested in Michigan they die back to the ground in winter and bloom on new wood in late summer. On the west coast they will not die back but they will need to be planted in a hot spot to bring them into flower. Lagerstroemia Barista Collection 'Cherry Mocha' - Crape Myrtle - 'Cherry Mocha' is a dense, small shrub with burgundy stems and semi-glossy burgundy foliage and late season cherry red flowers. Lagerstroemia are classic shrubs and trees of the US southeast. The Barista Collection of crape myrtles are hardy cultivars to zone 6. Where they have been tested in Michigan they die back to the ground in winter and bloom on new wood in late summer. On the west coast they will not die back but they will need to be planted in a hot spot to bring them into flower.
Rudbeckia maxima - Great Coneflower - If you love big perennials with dramatic foliage, we'd like to make sure you know Rudbeckia maxima! Known as great coneflower or cabbage leaf coneflower, this species from eastern Texas and adjacent states has huge 18 inch long blue-green leaves topped in mid to late summer by yellow-petaled, black-coned flowers on stems up to seven feet tall. Loves moisture and heat but is also drought tolerant. Zantedeschia aethiopica 'White Giant' - Giant Calla Lily - 'White Giant' is a fantastic, imposing, giant selection of Zantedeschia aethiopica featuring five foot clumps of white-speckled, ruffled arrow-shaped leaves topped by seven foot tall flower stems carrying the classic white boot-shaped calla flower. For full sun and moist soils. Green until hard frosts. Mulch with fallen leaves - pack leaves around the perimetre and right into the centre of the plant to protect the crowns in winter. Calla lilies can be slow to bulk up in the garden so investing in a larger size is a good idea.
Sempervivum Chick Charms 'Gold Nugget' - Hen and Chicks - Sempervivum 'Gold Nugget' is the most stunning hen and chicks. It forms dramatic rosettes that are brilliant gold with red picotee edges from January to May turning to a bright Granny Smith apple green in summer then intense red in fall and then back to gold. The dangerously collectible Chick Charms series offers the boldest coloured and best-growing hen and chicks available. Sempervivum are super hardy requiring only full sun and excellent, sharp drainage, especially in coastal BC. Grow them as an edger for pathways or borders or in pots. Sempervivum Chick Charms Berry Bomb - Hen and Chicks - Chick Charms Berry Bomb forms clusters of large rosettes glowing with deep burgundy red in spring and summer lightening to shades of pink, green and grey in fall and winter. The dangerously collectible Chick Charms series offers the boldest coloured and best-growing hen and chicks available. Sempervivum are super hardy requiring only full sun and excellent, sharp drainage, especially in coastal BC. Grow them as an edger for pathways or borders or in pots.
Sempervivum Chick Charms Chocolate Kiss- Hen and Chicks - Sempervivum Chocolate Kiss forms large rosettes in luscious tones of warm, reddish burgundy browns. The dangerously collectible Chick Charms series offers the boldest coloured and best-growing hen and chicks available. Sempervivum are super hardy requiring only full sun and excellent, sharp drainage, especially in coastal BC. Grow them as an edger for pathways or borders or in pots. Sempervivum Chick Charms Fringed Frosting - Hen and Chicks - Chick Charms Fringed Frosting produces large, vigorous colonies of small, encrusted, green rosettes laced with silver cob webs and flushed with red on older leaves. This will form a stunning specimen in a pot or a dramatic small groundcover in the garden. The dangerously collectible Chick Charms series offers the boldest coloured and best-growing hen and chicks available. Sempervivum are super hardy requiring only full sun and excellent, sharp drainage, especially in coastal BC. Grow them as an edger for pathways or borders or in pots.
Aster cordifolius 'Avondale' - Wood Aster - Aster cordifolius 'Avondale' is an eastern North American native wood aster that is a prolific bloomer carpeting the shade garden with light blue in early fall when little else blooms and the hostas are in decline. The small light blue to lavender blue flowers are produced in abundance creating a beautiful and long-lasting filler in the garden or in autumn flower arrangements! Disanthus cercidifolius - Redbud Hazel - If you’ve got shade you need this shrub. D. cercidifolius is one of the best shrubs for fall colour turning reliably deep red even in shaded conditions. Fall colours also include orange and gold. This species has small, unusual flowers that resemble little burgundy starfish. They appear as the leaves begin to fall. Their aroma is not sweet but medicinal. Spring and summer leaves are generally blue green and heart shaped. A large shrub with an open, horizontal habit.

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